THE Maritime Rescue Service saved 141 migrants from six ‘pateras’ over the weekend in Murcia, the Canary Islands and Ceuta.
The rescues started early Saturday morning when the Guardia Civil in Murcia Region intercepted two boats on the high seas and one at Cartagena. Thirty-one migrants were rescued on the first two boats, and at Cabo de Palos, nine migrants were assisted by the Red Cross.
Maritime Rescue also found a fourth boat with 58 migrants of South Saharan origin on Saturday. More migrants were rescued at the Port of Arguineguín, and Ceuta early on Sunday morning.
Red Cross volunteers have done preliminary health checks and handed out clothes, blankets and footwear to the migrants. A heavily pregnant woman, also rescued from one of the pateras was taken to the University Hospital by ambulance.